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2anddone Sun 01-Nov-20 12:20:51

I know supermarkets and chemists are classed as essential but what about shops like Poundland, b and m and home bargains who sell medical/cleaning supplies?
Does anyone know which shops stayed open the first time around please?

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Krazykaren07 Sun 01-Nov-20 12:22:53

The shops you have mentioned stayed open during the first lockdown as they sold food and other essential items such as medicine and DIY etc, so presumably they will stay open this time around as well

Sargass0 Sun 01-Nov-20 12:25:16

Did your local Poundland and B & M stay open last time? Ours did so guessing its the same?

HairyFloppins Sun 01-Nov-20 12:28:19

My dd works at Home Bargains they have stayed open all the way through as they sell food items. Some Poundlands shut but most stayed open. B&M will be open as well.

CoronaIsWatching Sun 01-Nov-20 12:31:32

I hope Ikea and John Lewis stay open

Utterlybutterly8 Sun 01-Nov-20 12:32:47

I hope Ikea and John Lewis stay open

Presumably both will continue doing online deliveries, even if the stores have to shut?

CarrieBlue Sun 01-Nov-20 12:42:40

Garden centres are staying open as buying plants in the winter is essential confused

movingonup20 Sun 01-Nov-20 12:52:47

Diy stores, home bargains type places and I think garden centres can remain open. Click and collect can remain open (so I presume Argos can, John Lewis does this, perhaps Ikea. M&S food only I believe

Cornettoninja Sun 01-Nov-20 12:56:47

CarrieBlue

Garden centres are staying open as buying plants in the winter is essential confused

Are they? Our local ones moved to collection only during the last lockdown.

I suppose it could be argued they provide means to grow your own food which is heavily dependent on the season...

Pinkmagic1 Sun 01-Nov-20 13:00:11

Last time our local b and m was open as it sells food, toiletries and medicine. Not sure about pound land but imagine it is similar situation.
A lot of garden centres sell pet food so suppose they could stay open on that ground.

OneofPansPeople Sun 01-Nov-20 13:06:38

Bike shops were allowed to open.

2anddone Sun 01-Nov-20 13:15:56

Sargass0

Did your local Poundland and B & M stay open last time? Ours did so guessing its the same?


Thank you for answering smile
I don't know. I live in a village and last time relied on supermarket deliveries so I didn't leave the village for the entire of lockdown.
Unfortunately it cost so much more than shopping at Aldi and the Poundland type shops and I can't afford to do it again (self employed, business not picked up again yet) so trying to get an idea of what might be open.

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2anddone Sun 01-Nov-20 13:16:25

Thank you everyone smile

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PickAChew Sun 01-Nov-20 13:19:39

LSt time, M&S was food plus a small selection of clothing (mainly underwear and a few kids clothes) and home wares (handy because I managed to pick up some more lidded glass dishes for batch cooking, which I was doing more of)

JanewaysBun Sun 01-Nov-20 13:20:14

Wilko did last time

Allywill Sun 01-Nov-20 13:20:14

i was wondering about garden centres as i usually get my xmas tree from there.

MayFayre Sun 01-Nov-20 13:20:26

4. Businesses and venues
To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include:

all non-essential retail, including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.

Everything not included in the above, I think, counts as essential.

PickAChew Sun 01-Nov-20 13:23:08

John Lewis probably won't have 5th eir department stores open since as well as waitrose, you can collect from a lot of coop stores, now. Handy for us, since our nearest waitrose is right next to our nearest John Lewis in the next city.

CarrieBlue Sun 01-Nov-20 13:44:16

I suppose it could be argued they provide means to grow your own food which is heavily dependent on the season...

I’d have thought it’s far more to do with elderly Tory voters having somewhere to go for a nice cup of coffee. And the totally essential Christmas tree and decorations that will need to be bought in November.

Splodgetastic Sun 01-Nov-20 13:49:12

Judging by my DM’s updates, B&M and Home Bargains we’re open throughout. I did try to persuade her that it wasn’t necessary to go every week / buy random shit, but she does love a bargain.

Splodgetastic Sun 01-Nov-20 13:51:00

Sorry for typo aargh

starfish4 Sun 01-Nov-20 13:53:37

We visited a garden centre this morning. Very crowded in Xmas/gift section so no way that one can stay open

babba2014 Sun 01-Nov-20 13:57:20

I still don't understand why clothing shops are not essential. Buying online was not good last time. 100+ days delivery. The supermarkets don't have a good range of clothes for kids. I understand certain clothing shops not being open but I don't think they should do a market ban on all.

Ilikewinter Sun 01-Nov-20 14:13:02

So just thinking about it potentially every shop can stay open....garden centres, B&Q, homebase, wickes, B&M, poundland, supermarkets, pharmacies, Greggs and food places (as takeout) open as classed as essential retailers and then everyone else operates on a click and collect basis....not much of a lock down then really!

salcombebabe Sun 01-Nov-20 14:31:59

Currys are open but only for Click & Collect

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